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What? No Big Bad Wolf night ERT, oh yeah, I forgot - sorry. At least you got the Pigeon Forge kiddie credits that were both closed last year.

 

Seriously, Busch Europe never ceases to amaze me at how beautiful it is, and soon I'll be checking out it's Tampa sister for the first time to compare the two.

 

How was Apollo's Chariot running, it seemed very sluggish and trimmed too much on the 2008 East Coast tour?

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Today was East Coast Bash, 250 TPR members descended on King's Dominion for i305, hours of ERT and the first ever game of TPR QUEST!!

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TPR Members show up to Kings Dominion for our first ever EAST COAST BASH!!!

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How about starting the day on Dominator?

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Waking up to an awesome B&M!

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MAKE SOME NOISE!!!!

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Smoking ERT!

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Random group photo!

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Time for Grizzly ERT!

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This is the most excited anyone has ever been for Grizzly!

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Ok...I take that back!

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And finally...we will end our morning of awesomeness on Intimidator 305!

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This ride kicks ass!

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Elissa says "Go Intamin! Another winner!"

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TPR Members are pumped to ride!

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FREAKING AWESOME!!!!

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My name is TPDave and I. Like. STRAPS!!!

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I WANNA RIDE NOW!!!!

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I305 in the rain anyone?

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KidTums is impressed with Hanno's long snake.

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What used to be here? If you know.... EMAIL DAN!!!! mrt0ad13@aol.com

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I love you Domo!

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"It's almost bigger than me!"

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"It's no where near as big as I am!"

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Parks that have Domo for prizes are AWESOME!!!!

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Yup, it's credit whore time!

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Robb does the Season Pass Podcast!

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Did we mention that at our group lunch we had THREE kegs of beer?

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Ed Kuhlmann takes our questions for Q&A.

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Gary, please don't embarrass us! =)

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John Pagel also gets on the mic because John is awesome.

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The "TPR Quest" game is about to begin! Insanity ensues...

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10 contestants compete in this race against time. Robb will tell you an item that you need to get from our audience. The quicker a contestant comes back with an item, the more points you get!

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"Bring me back a TPR Pen!"

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Contestants are fighting to be the first to show Robb their items!

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"Bring up a person wearing a Cedar Fair shirt!"

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"Bring up someone's Club TPR card!"

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"Bring up two shoelaces!!!"

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Photos cannot clearly describe how insane and awesome the TPR Quest Game! Did we mention that we had three kegs of beer at our lunch? =)

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"Move! Move! Move! I need to bring my item to Robb!!"

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"Bring me the dorkiest person in TPR!"

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"With the power of my finger I push you BACK into another dimension!!! BACK!!!!"

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Elissa is scoring the game and she is doing awesome!

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"I have someone wearing a TPR shirt!!!"

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"Bring me your children! ALL OF THEM!!! I want to EAT them!!!"

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"Bring me any TPR branded item!"

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"Bring me someone over 50 years old!!!"

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"OMG...I can't take it anymore! TPR Quest is the most intense work out I've ever had!!!"

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Congrats to our 10 TPR Quest Contestants.

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Now lets check out the awesome prizes they can with...

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Old park maps that were displayed around the park.

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Intimidator 305 Media Day Pin!

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Italian Job RC Car!

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i305 Media Day Kit.

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"Check out my old park map that I will proudly display on my wall at home!"

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Repeat the last caption.

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"Inside this box is the key to salvation and world peace."

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John Pagel speaks again because he's awesome.

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The weather is looking MUCH better for East Coast Bash!

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It's time for a backstage tour!

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We are going to get some BEAUTIFUL photos of Intimidator 305!

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"My god....it's huge."

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"Hey Look. I'm an engineering geek and over there is engineering geeky stuff!"

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Yes, we are all nerds.

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From our backstage photo tour we got some AWESOME shots!

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Wait for the train...wait for it.

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John looks very impressed with the coaster dorks.

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YES!!! We all got the same shot!!!

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GROUP PHOTO!!!!!

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Intimidator 305 is a totally kick ass ride. I've been on it before and after the trims and it's still AWESOME! And the new restraints are great too.

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"Take all the dam photos you want!"

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You can't get these photos anywhere else!

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"I just know I can get that PERFECT shot!"

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"I like beer."

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Oh, yeah, Rebel Yell is here too.

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Uh, oh....another storm approaching. It's going to be on and off all day today.

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ARTSY!!!

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"I like grass."

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"Did we mention that there were 3 kegs of beer during lunch?"

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Robby is...a credit whore!

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And so is TPDave!

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"Thank you for lending me your bra during TPR Quest!"

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Beer and chicken...great combo!

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Yes, you are the park icon...

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Ooooh! Construction Update!!!

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Hi Wes. You're riding Anaconda. Hi.

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East Coast Bash Night ERT started with Flight of Fear...LIGHTS ON!!!

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You guys ready to see what hides inside that giant mystery box?

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See...the lights are ON! ooooh....aaaahhhhhh!

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And of course, ERT ended with what turned out to be nearly two hours of riding in Intimidator 305!

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TPDale.

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Sky starts to get duskier and it's time to ride i305...A LOT!!!

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It's 8:00pm! ERT is OPEN!!!

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And you thought your earlier rides were amazing? Just you wait! =)

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It's a blur because the ride is TWISTY!!!!

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That's right guys...you're about to get your brain scrambled from the TWISTY i305!

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Yay! We even got KD Celeb John Pagel to ride with us!

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MORE NIGHT RIDING on INSANE 305!

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That was just about the ONLY light we saw on the track!

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A HUGE thank you to Stephanie and Renee for putting up with us tonight! =)

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The small contingent of the Brit Crew is absolutely LOVING i305!

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Ahh, I love our TPR ERT sessions! =)

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Back row! This is where it's all at!!!!

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LAST TRAIN OF THE NIGHT! Just shy of TWO HOURS of riding i305!

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John Pagel LOVES TPR "this much!!!"

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A *huge* THANK YOU goes out to Ed, John, Stephanie, Renee, the i305 crew, the Flight of Fear crew, the Volcano crew, the Dominator crew, the Grizzly crew, and our 250 TPR Members who joined us for a SOLD OUT East Coast Bash! THANK YOU TO EVERYONE!!!!

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Your report pretty much summed it up TPDave. That was more fun than I have ever had in a single day and Intimidator305 is without a doubt the best coaster I have ever been on. Thank you everyone who put this together. I can't wait to go to another TPR event.

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Your report pretty much summed it up TPDave. That was more fun than I have ever had in a single day and Intimidator305 is without a doubt the best coaster I have ever been on. Thank you everyone who put this together. I can't wait to go to another TPR event.

 

Ha! Yeah just like all the other reports that have been posted by moderators in this thread, it's all the photo's and captions that Robb put up on facebook throughout the day.

 

Dave

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Your report pretty much summed it up TPDave. That was more fun than I have ever had in a single day and Intimidator305 is without a doubt the best coaster I have ever been on. Thank you everyone who put this together. I can't wait to go to another TPR event.

 

Ha! Yeah just like all the other reports that have been posted by moderators in this thread, it's all the photo's and captions that Robb put up on facebook throughout the day.

 

Dave

 

Yes, when it comes to trip updates, it takes a village, people. (Or was that "it takes the Village People"?)

 

ECB was a great day--my thanks, again, to Robb and Elissa and the staff at KD for putting this event together. I-305 rules both day and night!

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Thanks again, Robb and Elissa! East Coast Bash was awesome, and I can't believe it actually cost less than a normal one-day admission ticket to Kings Dominion!

 

I've got to say that the TPR Quest game was a great addition, and the prizes were really cool. I thought once to ask during Q&A if they have a "boneyard where they keep stuff like those 1990s maps lying around (and if the old animatronic Yogi Bear and other Hanna-Barbera-related park items live there in some form).

 

The only thing that made me cringe (besides riding Hurler) were the handful of boos when park management answered the question about the trims on Intimidator 305. It kind of seemed... non-TPR, if that makes any sense.

 

Best line of the day, from the Grizzly operator at the mic during morning ERT: "We haven't seen this many people in the station at once in a loooooong time!"

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Yes, when it comes to trip updates, it takes a village, people. (Or was that "it takes the Village People"?)

 

"No man... does it all by himself,

I said, young man... put your pride on the shelf,

And just go there... to the TPR Boards,

I'm sure they, can, help, you, to-day..."

 

(I'm so sorry.)

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I've found that Shockwave really isn't all that bad, especially since the ride ops do a good job at making sure the pedestal is at the right height. I rode Vortex at Carowinds, and had to ride on my tip toes because I'm a short 5'4" the ride ops didn't check the pedestal. That was a rather painful experience. Even on Mantis, the ride ops checked the pedestal. So Shockwave really isn't a bad ride IMO. I just wish there was more to the ride than lift, drop, loop, helix, bunny hill, turn more bunny hills, brakes.

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This was my wife and I's first event with TPR, and it was awesome. We were originally planning on going to KD this coming weekend from Rhode Island, and actually changed the weekend when we saw the chance. It was great, both the park staff and Robb and the crew did an awesome job! The weather didn't work perfectly, but well enough that we got to enjoy everything. The ERT was amazing (we had the Ride Op at Volcano singing Banana Phone during the ERT) and everything worked out perfect. If we can do more events with TPR, we certainly will!

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Just wanted to say I went to the KD event and had an amazing time. I've been going to KD all my life and in recent years, I had really started to give up on the park. However, I had more fun on Sunday than I have since my trips there in middle school, in awe of the huge coasters I was tall enough to ride for the first time. I305 was really a great addition to the park. Night ERT on Volcano, FOF, and I305 was epic. Lunch was great (was the only meal I ate all day), and the walk-back was really neat. It was about as up-close and personal as many people will ever get to a 300 foot tall coaster. TPR quest was a very fun new game. Overall, one of the best days I've ever had at KD and one of the best TPR days I've ever had as well.

 

If any of KD's management is reading this post, you've managed to win my heart back over to the park. Thank you!!! I'll see you again soon.

 

Also want to thank Robb and Elissa and everyone from TPR who planned the event....it's nice when you don't have the cash to pay for a full trip, but can still manage to "live the coaster enthusiasts" dream once a year or so!

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